Employer FAQ

What is the Externship Program?

The Externship Program is an academic course in which students earn credit for legal work performed under the supervision of a judge or attorney while placed with a court, government agency or non-profit organization. Students may enroll in the externship course for 1, 2, or 3 credits based on the amount of time they are required to commit to the externship. In addition to the work performed with the field placement organization, students attend a weekly externship seminar designed to teach general lawyering and professionalism skills and to universalize the learning experience of students across placements through shared reflection. For more detailed information on the structure and requirements of Loyola's Externship Program, request an Externship Supervisor Manual by emailing Prof. Hector Linares at halinare@loyno.edu.

With what types of placements can students serve as externs?

Courts, government agencies, and non-profit organizations engaged in legal work are eligible to serve as placement organizations. Legal work is broadly defined to include both litigation and transactional work as well as policy work of the kind typically performed by attorneys. Externs may not be placed in for-profit settings.

Are there any forms I need to complete in connection with the externship Placement?

Yes.  As a condition of a student's participation in the Externship Program, we will require you to complete a Memorandum of Understanding.  This memorandum serves as a confirmation with your office of your understanding of our requirements.

Is a student permitted to use his/her Lexis or Westlaw account to conduct research in connection with the externship?

Yes.  Students are permitted to use their Lexis and Westlaw accounts to perform legal research related to their externship.

Who do I contact for more information about the Externship Program?

For more information regarding the Externship Program, please contact Prof. Hector Linares, Coordinator for the Office of Skills and Experiential Learning, at (504) 861-5560 or halinare@loyno.edu.